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BORGWARNER REPORTS RECORD FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS OF $1.28 PER DILUTED SHARE, UP 28% FROM FIRST QUARTER 2011

Auburn Hills, Michigan, April 26, 2012 – BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) today reported first quarter 2012 earnings of $1.28 per diluted share, a new first quarter record for the company. Net sales were up 11% from first quarter 2011, while global vehicle production was up approximately 4%.

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Net sales of $1,913 million, up 11% from first quarter 2011.
  • Record earnings of $1.28 per diluted share, up 28% from first quarter 2011.
  • Operating income of $226 million, or 11.8% of net sales.
  • Reiterates guidance for 2012 of 10% to 12% annual sales growth and earnings of $5.35 to $5.65 per diluted share.

First Quarter Performance: “The first quarter was a strong start to the year,” said Timothy Manganello, Chairman and CEO of BorgWarner. “The focus on fuel economy and improved emissions around the globe continued to drive demand for BorgWarner technology, and above-market growth for our company. Excluding the impact of currency and 2011 acquisitions and divestitures, our net sales were up approximately 13% in the first quarter compared with first quarter 2011, while global vehicle production grew only 4%. While growing our net sales in the quarter, we also successfully managed costs, which resulted in a strong quarterly operating income margin of 11.8%.”

2012 Outlook: After considering its financial performance in the first quarter, the company reiterated its guidance for 2012 of 10% to 12% annual sales growth and earnings of $5.35 to $5.65 per diluted share. “The outlook for our business for the remainder of 2012 is generally stable although we are watching Europe closely," Manganello said.

Financial Results: Net sales were $1,913 million in first quarter 2012, up 11% from $1,730 million in first quarter 2011. Net earnings in the quarter were $158 million, or $1.28 per diluted share, compared with $125 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, in first quarter 2011. The impact of foreign currencies, primarily the Euro, decreased net sales by approximately $45 million, and decreased net earnings approximately $0.03 per diluted share, in first quarter 2012 compared with first quarter 2011. Net cash provided by operating activities was $31 million in first quarter 2012 compared with net cash used in operating activities of $(41) million in first quarter 2011. Capital expenditures, including tooling outlays, totaled $95 million in first quarter 2012, compared with $70 million in first quarter 2011. Balance sheet debt increased by $81 million and cash on hand increased by $37 million compared with the end of 2011. The $44 million increase in balance sheet debt (net of cash) was primarily due to seasonal working capital funding requirements. The ratio of balance sheet debt (net of cash) to capital was 27.1% at the end of first quarter 2012 compared with 28.3% at the end of 2011.

Engine Group Results: Engine segment net sales were $1,308 million in first quarter 2012, up 5% from $1,249 million in the prior year’s quarter as a result of increased sales of engine timing systems, including variable cam timing products, greater sales of emissions products and the growth in turbocharger technology adoption around the world. Excluding the impact of currency and 2011 divestitures, net sales were up approximately 8%. Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes and non-controlling interest ("Adjusted EBIT") were $210 million in first quarter 2012, up 13% from $186 million in first quarter 2011.

Drivetrain Group Results: Drivetrain segment net sales were $611 million in first quarter 2012, up 26% from $486 million in the prior year’s quarter as a result of strong all-wheel drive system sales in North America and Europe, growth in traditional transmission component sales in North America and Korea and higher dual clutch transmission module sales in Europe. Excluding the impact of currency and the acquisition of the Traction Systems division of Haldex, net sales were up approximately 24%. Adjusted EBIT was $61 million in first quarter 2012, up 91% from $32 million in first quarter 2011.

Recent Highlights:

  • BorgWarner successfully settled all conversions of its 3.50% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012 (the “Notes”). The company delivered approximately 11.4 million shares of its common stock, previously held in Treasury, to converting Noteholders. As a result of this settlement activity, the company's balance sheet debt was reduced by approximately $374 million, and its stockholders' equity increased by approximately $374 million, the impact of which will be seen in the company's second quarter financial statements.
  • On March 27, 2012, BorgWarner announced the appointment of Ronald Hundzinski, 53, to Chief Financial Officer and James Verrier, 49, to the newly-created position of President and Chief Operating Officer. The company also announced that Robin Adams, 59, was promoted to Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and will remain Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer reporting to Tim Manganello, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hundzinski reports to Mr. Adams and Mr. Verrier reports to Mr. Manganello.
  • BorgWarner received a 2012 Automotive News PACE Award for its turbocharger with lowpressure exhaust gas recirculation technology. With a variety of awarded and pending patents, the technology has launched with a major global OEM. It was one of three BorgWarner innovations named as finalists for this year's PACE Awards.
  • BorgWarner will supply Torque-on-Demand® two-speed transfer cases for the 2012 Ford F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum models. The first two-speed active all-wheel drive system for F-150 trucks will feature 4-high, 4-low, full-time and automatic all-wheel drive modes.
  • Hyundai Motor Company's 5.9-liter six-cylinder diesel engine is the first commercial vehicle engine in Asia equipped with BorgWarner's regulated two-stage (R2S) turbocharging technology. BorgWarner's award-winning R2S system provides outstanding performance, significantly boosts fuel economy and helps the engine comply with Euro 5 emissions standards.
  • BorgWarner supplies Torque-On-Demand® (TOD®) single speed transfer cases for Ford Australia’s Territory. The active all-wheel drive system harnesses BorgWarner’s expertise in electronics, controls and vehicle-level integration to deliver a stable, comfortable ride with improved traction.
  • BorgWarner United Transmission Systems, a majority-held joint venture between BorgWarner and twelve leading Chinese automakers in Dalian, China, will supply wet dual-clutch technology for three FAW transmission programs in China. At full launch of all three transmission programs, total volumes are expected to reach over 500,000 units per year.

At 9:30 a.m. ET today, a brief conference call concerning first quarter results will be webcast at:http://www.borgwarner.com/en/Investors/Webcasts/default.aspx.

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